A NANTGARW PART TEA AND COFFEE SERVICE, MOSTLY CIRCA 1820
each piece London-decorated with reserves of flowers against a green ground of oeil-de-perdrix pattern, impressed marks on cake plates, comprising: a sugar basin and cover; a waste bowl; two cake plates; five coffee cans and four saucers; eight tea cups and seven saucers (28)
Possibly Rose Berkeley (1861-1922)
‘Spetchley Park -I. Worcestershire, The Seat of Mr. R. V. Berkeley', Country Life, 8 July 1916, p. 46, illustrated in the cabinet in the Drawing Room;
Inventory, 1949, 'A Nantgarw tea and coffee service of apple green ground with gilt lined reserves, painted bouquets of flowers, comprising: Five coffee cups Four coffee saucers Seven tea cups Seven tea saucers Sugar basin and cover Slop Basin Two Cake plates Impressed mark, 28 pieces' in the Drawing Room
Like many contemporary services, the pattern used on the present part service is inspired by Sèvres porcelain. The use of a green ground reserved with dotted circles is asscoiated with a service known as the Duke of Gloucester or Duke of Cambridge service although, in the case of this service, the green is brighter, the oeil-de-perdrix pattern less crowded and there is a variation to the gilded cartouches and C-scroll borders. The attribution derives from a service illustrated by E. Morton Nance, The Pottery and Porcelain of Swansea and Nantgarw, London, 1942, plate CLXI, p.370 where the author suggests the service was reputedly ordered for the Duke of Gloucester in celebration of his marriage.